On October 30th, BOC and Honda amongst other leading organisations, joined the Swindon Mayor, Cllr Teresa Page, at a ceremony to mark the official launch of the UK’s first commercial scale solar-powered hydrogen production and refuelling facility. The ceremony offered the opportunity to witness a demonstration of ‘green’ hydrogen production and low carbon hydrogen transport in action.
The Consortium behind the design and commission of the facility include: Commercial Group, Swindon Borough Council, Fuel Cell Systems, Briggs Equipment and Revolve. They worked together to secure funding from the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK to host the site at the Honda of the UK Manufacturing site on the outskirts of Swindon.
The event was a celebration of several significant ‘firsts’: In a UK first, this enhanced facility will produce commercial volumes of truly ‘green’ hydrogen produced from solar power, by electrolysis, at the point of use.
In addition, the station will employ BOC’s filling technology to serve a range of uses including the world’s first hybrid vans running on sustainable biodiesel and hydrogen, the UK’s first hydrogen powered fork-lift trucks – and even a hydrogen-powered Education Centre on the site.
BOC’s press release and further information is available here: http://www.boconline.co.uk/en/news-and-media/press_releases/news2014-10-30.html